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    July 11, 2011
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anymore. right now at 5:59, a young man killed early this morning in a pedestrian accident. how the ongoing investigation will slow down the commute for many drivers. the clock is ticking, and there's still a big divide between the white house and capitol hill over the debt limit. what president obama is demanding from congress until a deal is done. good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm pat lawson muse in for eun yang on this monday morning, july 11th, 2011. and here's a look at the washington skyline. you can see the capitol in the distance and the potomac river. little hazy. going to be hot out there today, tom. indeed, going to be heating up and the humidity has increased. we welcome pat lawson muse. good to have you with us. 76 at reagan national. low 70s at prince george's county and arlington, montgomery, and fairfax counties. weather watchers reporting upper 60s to near 70 in the rural areas of maryland and virginia.
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right near the bay, it's in the mid- mid-70s there as well as at the atlantic beaches. the yellow zone in western maryland, southern shenandoah valley in west virginia in the mid to upper 60s now. there's the view from space. a mostly clear sky starting off this monday morning. winds shifting into the south and southwest, though, as the day progresses, will increase the humidity. there's the sunrise. off in the distance is northeast washington on the horizon, prince george's county. and sun coming up in a mostly clear sky this morning. live picture from the tower camera. 300 feet above northwest. and by 9:00 we'll be in the low 80s. noontime near 90. midafternoon, the mid-90s by mid to late afternoon. we'll also have a code orange for unhealthy air quality as air pollution builds. we'll take a look at your night planner for this monday evening. that will be at 6:11. let's take a look at the monday morning commute. danella, how's it looking? before we get to traffic,
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let's go to this story. >> a deadly pedestrian accident in montgomery county has been affecting traffic all morning. >> it has indeed. it happened along germantown road at 118 and aircraft drive. news 4's tracee wilkins joins us live at the scene with brand new information for us. good morning, tracee. >> reporter: good morning, joe. good morning, pat. just minutes ago they opened up 118 in both directions. good news for commuters. this after a deadly pedestrian accident this morning. driver did stay on the scene. montgomery county police say just before 1:00 a.m. a 20-year-old pedestrian was crossing the southbound lanes of 118 on a diagonal. outside of the crosswalk. when he was struck by a silver lexus, also traveling southbound. the pedestrian was transported to suburban hospital, where he died from his injuries. police are only identifying him as a 20-year-old male at this point. they're withholding his name pending family notification. they have said that the driver of the vehicle was a 55-year-old germantown man. he did stay on the scene. so far he is not facing any charges. again, the good news now is that 118 has opened in both
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directions for folks who are commuting. with more on how our roads are looking this morning, i'm going to go to danella sealock. good morning, danella. >> good morning, tracee. you're right. it's good news the 118 is open. also, more good news in prince george's county. i'm checking your local roadways, and no accidents to report as well. i want to take you up to 270, though. 270, i'm still seeing delays as you make your way south from urbana and head down towards clarksburg. the good news is, when you head down towards clarksburg, you can see the road is open, and it is a smooth commute for you. i want to show you 395 as well north of duke street. i am seeing a little volume increase on 395 north towards that 14th street bridge. nothing too significant at this time. and another delay on the marc. earlier it was penn south. now brunswick east lane train number 290. your delay is eight minutes. back to you, joe and pat. >> danella, thanks. an aapparent water main
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break sent water into the street near key bridge in georgetown. our crew snapped these pictures of gushing water. it left a lot of standing water on the roadway. we left messages with d.c. water but still have not heard back from the department. 6:03 is the time of the the countdown is on. the white house says congress has temperature days to make a deal to raise the debt limit. it looks as though that could go down to the wire. eight house and senate leaders will meet with the president today after a sunday of talks that showed little progress. the white house wants $4 trillion of debt reduction as part of a deal to increase the borrowing limit. republicans want only about $2.4 trillion in cuts in an effort, they say, to avoid raising any taxes. >> to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extremely difficult with 9.2% unemployment. we think it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> what is really appalling is to see our republican colleagues
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essentially providing a form of extortion. if you don't agree to deficit reduction the way we want it, we're going to put all these jobs at risk. >> treasury secretary timothy geithner says, if the debt ceiling is not raised by august the 2nd, it could have catastrophic consequences on the global economy. our time is 6:04 now. president obama will hold a news conference on debt limit negotiations at 11:00 this morning. you can watch that nbc special right here on nbc 4. and today prince george's county police will announce they have made a major break in the murder of a convenience store clerk. police say they've made an arrest in the death of 69-year-old richard chung sung nam. back in april, nam was killed inside the "n" market grocery store on annapolis road in bladensburg. police say the killer then set the store on fire to try to cover up what might have been a robbery attempt. prince george's county police will also release
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surveillance video of a possible shooting suspect. around 3:00 a.m. sunday morning, police responded to a call of a shooting at the budget inn on the 3100 block of branch avenue in temple hills. the shooting victim was taken to the hospital where that victim is expected to recover. there have been no arrests yet in that case. the sex abuse trial against redskins lineman albert haynesworth has been postponed until next month. the skins' $100 million man was supposed to be in court this morning, but his attorneys asked the trial be delayed until august the 2nd to accommodate the schedules of some defense witnesses. haynesworth is charged with misdemeanor sex abuse after a waitress at the "w" hotel accused him of groping her back in february. his attorneys will be in court this morning to confirm that new date. funeral services will take place today for a man who died at a baseball game last week. shannon stone will be buried in his hometown, brown wood, texas. stone fell to his death over an outfield railing trying to catch a souvenir ball for his son at a texas rangers game.
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the rangers have set up an account for donations to help the stone family. the athletics, the team playing the rangers that night, have already chipped in $5,000. funeral services for former first lady betty ford will begin tomorrow in california. a service will take place in palm springs. former first lady rosalyn carter is expected to be blown to the gerald ford museum, where she's to be laid to rest on thursday, which would have been the former president's 93rd birthday. the new life for one juror in the casey anthony trial.
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good morning and welcome back. the apple ipad 2 has been on the market now for several months, so it is time for ipad 3 speculation. word is the next ipad will not even be called the ipad 3. instead, industry insiders say the device will be called the ipad hd for its high resolution screen. the ipad 3 or hd, whatever it ends up being called, should be out in march or april of next year. our time is 6:11. it's 75 degrees. here's a live look. take a look at that, live look outdoors, as the sun rises over the washington region. you're going to need to crank up that air today. >> sun looks like it's going to be working hard today. here's tom in stormcenter 4. good morning. time for weather and traffic on the ones.
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right now at 6:11 in the morning. temperatures are near 70 in prince george's. fairfax counties and montgomery counties. arlington county and the district now in the mid-70s. mid-70s right near the bay and at the atlantic beaches. elsewhere, weather watchers reporting it's generally in the upper 60s to near 70. there's the sun flooding the eastern sky with golden light. live picture from our skywatcher camera and temperatures by noontime near 90. hazy sunshine during the afternoon. into the mid-90s. code orange, unhealthy air quality, and a warm and muggy evening to follow. here's your night planner. we'll be in the 80s in the evening under a hazy sky. it will be mostly clear. by this time tomorrow morning, the 70s. big changes on the way into tomorrow and the end of the week into the weekend. we'll look at that in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? let's start and head our way up to 270. i'm still seeing delays as you're heading 270 south and making your way from urbana towards clarksburg. once you pass clarksburg, your road is clear, and it's a good commute. i want to take you to virginia
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right now. this is virginia i-66 and route 50. i'm seeing delays from route 50 as you approach 123 as you're heading east. so exercise some patience this morning. it's getting a little thick as you make your way towards that beltway. in d.c., look at this new york avenue and bladensburg road. i've seen some traffic as you're making your way from the times plant and heading in to new york avenue and bladensburg. back to you, joe and pat. >> danella, thank you. still to come, the local athlete who played a key role in athlete who played a key role in a comeback for the ages.
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duchess of cambridge are back in london after a quick visit to southern california. the final day included stops at an inner city arts center in downtown los angeles. there they showed off their creative side with paintings and got to see a dance performance from children and teens. the royal couple also stopped at a job fair for military veterans. >> they are the front line of a remarkable relationship between the united kingdom, the united states, and canada, which has safeguarded our freedoms for a century. >> in all, the royal newlyweds managed to pack in six major events during their two days in california. the weekend also included a polo match for charity and a red carpet event with hollywood superstars. as casey anthony prepares to get out of jail, a republican law maker is using her trial to explain why he believes u.s. court should not hear suspected
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terror cases. last week a florida jury in her 2-year-old daughter caylee. senator minority laider mitch mcconnell said the casey anthony jury proves the trouble getting a conviction in court. u.s. military should take up cases of suspected terrorists. and the scrutiny over the anthony case has gotten so great, one juror has retired early. juror number 12 tells nbc news she retired at her job from a grocery store because she fears for her safety. her husband is unsure when she'll return to florida. she left after the verdict was delivered. she reportedly told her husband, quote, i'd rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again. you can soon get tickets to visit the national 9/11 memorial in new york city. the memorial opens to the public on september 12th of this year, one day after events marking the
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ten-year anniversary of the attacks. log on to 9/11memorial.org to reserve spaces. only 1,500 people at a time can fit on the site. testimony in the perjury case against one of baseball's all time greats is set to begin this week. opening statements in the trial against seven-time cy young award winner roger clemens are tentatively scheduled for wednesday. clemens is accused of lying to congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. if convicted, he faces serious jail time and up to $1.5 million in fines. it's a small milestone, but for mets fans it's a sign good times could be ahead. the nationals are at or above .500 at the all-star break. the nats enter the break at 46 wins and 46 losses. they played most of the season without all-star third baseman ryan zimmerman who missed two months because of an abdominal injury. last time the nats entered the
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all-star break at or above .500 was 2005. they were 16 games over the mark at that point but inded that season at .500. and one player who will help with those better times, bryce harper, the 18-year-old slugger appeared in the all-star futures game in arizona. he shrugged a 430-foot home run in warmup, much to the delight of the fans. unfortunately, he could not duplicate that power during the game. the future nats star went 0 for 4 during the game with two strikeouts. today tiger woods plans to make a major announcement. woods is scheduled to make an appearance on the golf channel at 11:00. he hasn't played since the players championship, where he withdrew after nine holes because he reinjured his knee and achilles. the nature of the woods announcement today is still unknown. it's been 12 years since the u.s. women's soccer team took home the world cup title. >> but they are just two wins
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away after capping one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent memory. and the usa are into the last four! >> the usa won a thriller over brazil that ended 3-2 in penalty kicks. the u.s. played half a game down a player because of a red card. with just seconds remaining in the game, down 2-1, abby wombach scored to tie the game. to top it all off, the game-winning penalty kick was scored by ellie krieger, who grew up in alexandria. the u.s. women are now squaring off against france in the final four. the winner of that game will go to the world cup finals. >> it's getting very, very exciting. who can forget those, the images of the last time they won the world cup? that was really thrilling. >> that was something. >> let's go to tom kierein now. he's joined us here in the studio to talk about our forecast. sun's up. you can see the glitter path there behind you on the potomac river. it's up in a clear sky this
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morning. a lot of haze in the air. the humidity building overnight. right now off to a pleasant start temperature-wise. near 70 in prince george's county, fairfax and montgomery counties. arlington county, mid-70s as well as in washington right near the bay and at the atlantic beaches. elsewhere, weather watchers reporting temperatures right near 70 degrees. there's the sky watcher camera looking into virginia. off in the distance is fairfax county. you can see the hazy milky sky as the humidity is going to continue to increase throughout the day. so will the temperature. by 9:00, low 80s. midafternoon, ought to hit the mid-90s with cold orange unhealthy air quality. we'll have our temperatures on tuesday near the record. record high tomorrow is 99. we will have a possibility of a late morning or afternoon thunderstorm on tuesday. then lower humidity, pleasant weather moving in wednesday, thursday, and friday, saturday, sunday as well. lower humidity with highs in the 80s. only a slight chance of an afternoon storm over the weekend. danella, how's traffic? we have an accident in prince george's county. this is at 450 east.
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your lanes are blocked east, right at whitfield chapel road. i'm going to come back in ten minutes with an update on that. i'm watching it so far. your lanes are shut down. i also want to talk to you about the beltway in maryland. i am seeing some congestion as you make your way on the outer loop passing new hampshire avenue and heading towards georgia avenue. here's a live look. you can see it's slow. it's really stop and go as you make your commute and heading down to virginia. this is 66 at route 50. your delays are from route 50 to the beltway. pat and joe, back to you. >> thanks, danella. our time right now 6:23. the construction project
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good morning. and welcome back to news 4 today. i'm joe krebs. >> this is monday, july 11th. as the sunrises over washington, going to be a hot one out there. every minute that goes by, we've got the humidity sweeping in. great to have you with us, pat lawson muse, this sunday
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morning. now we're starting off mid-70s by the bay and much of the eastern shore. away from the waters, throughout much of maryland and virginia, 70 degrees. much of western maryland and west virginia in the 60s. parts of the central southern shenandoah valley as well in the 60s this morning. we have the clear sky over the summer haze that continues to thicken up as we get going on this monday. there's a live view of the sky over montgomery county off in the distance. from our skywatcher camera 300 feet above northwest washington, you can see the milky blue sky. by 9:00 into the 80s. by noontime near 90. ought to hold steady in low to mid-90s in the afternoon. code orange for unhealthy air quality as the air pollution builds this afternoon. a look at your night planner in about ten minutes. at 6:41. pat and joe? >> thank you very much, tom. just minutes ago, roads around the scene of a deadly pedestrian accident in montgomery county reopened to traffic. the accident happened around 1:00 this morning and shut down germantown road near aircraft drive for hours. >> police tell us a 20-year-old
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man was trying to cross the street when a car hit him. rescuers took him to the hospital where he died. police have not said whether the man was in a cross there is wwa. the driver did stay at the scene. let's get to danella sealock for a look at this morning's traffic. >> good morning. i wa to check in with chopper 4 live in prince george's county. an accident 54 east at whitfield chapel road has shut down the lanes. as i'm looking now, some cars able to go by. there were two cars involved in this accident. as a result, tow truck had to toe the cars out of the way. the police were directing traffic onto whitfield chapel road as well as people were traveling west. they were making all the 50 travelers head west as well. i would suggest, if you're traveling 450 east, that what you'll do is take lanham severin and then connect to carter, and from carter get back to 450 east and continue your travel. i'll keep tracking this story for you as well.
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want to show you 395 north, slow from duke street to the 14th street bridge. and in maryland jammed again, new hampshire avenue as you make your way towards georgia avenue. joe, back to you. >> thank you very much, danella. time is running out to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but congress and the white house still have a long way to go to avoid an economic crisis. the obama administration says lawmakers have ten days to make a deal to raise the debt limit. house is senate leaders have been told to meet every day this week after a sunday of talks showed little progress. the white house wants $4 trillion in debt reduction as part of the deal to raise the ceiling. republicans want only about $2.4 trillion in cuts in order, they say, to avoid raising taxes. >> to get a big package would require big tax increases in the middle of an economic situation that's extraordinarily difficult with 9.2% unemployment. it's a terrible idea. it's a job killer. >> what is really appalling is
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to see our republican colleagues essentially provide a form of extortion. if you don't agree to deficit reduction the way we want it, we're going to put all these jobs at risk. >> treasury secretary timothy geithner says, if the debt ceiling is not raised by august the 2nd, it could have catastrophic consequences for the global economy. president obama will hold a news conference on debt limit negotiations at 11:00 this morning. you can watch that nbc special report right here on nbc 4. the u.s. has found some temporary savings by halting the flow of money to one of its biggest allies in the fight against terror. the white house has suspended $800 million in aid to pakistan's military. this comes after a statement by the chairman of the joint chiefs, admiral mike mullen, that pakistan's security forces may have allowed the killing of a pakistani journalist. salim shahzad was investigating connections between extremists and the pakistani military. ties between the two countries
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have been strained since the killing of osama bin laden. u.s. officials say defense secretary leon panetta was not in harm's way when a rocket attack happened overnight in iraq. iraqi police say three rockets hit baghdad's green zone. panetta is in baghdad today, meeting with top u.s. military and diplomatic leaders. discussions will include possibly keeping some u.s. troops in iraq beyond 2011. new from overnight, an apparent water main break. our news crews snapped these photos of the gushing water. the break left a lot of standing water on the roadway. we did leave messages with d.c. water but have not yet heard back from the department. not too far away, crews are getting ready for a major upgrade that could affect your commute in georgetown. crews will close the eastbound lane of canal road between mcarthur and 35th street northwest. news 4's megan mcgrath is live
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there with details. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. this project involves a very large water main, a 48-inch pipe. what they're going to be doing is sealing the joints of that pipe. it's going to take a little while here. that means road closures on canal road during the day, and if you drive through this area, you know, when you take away a lane on canal road, it gets down right ugly out here. people are going to want to be aware and perhaps take alternative routes here. this project gets under way later on this morning. we're talking about the section of canal road between macarthur boulevard and fox hall road to 35th street. right now or overnight rather, they drained that pipe. that's the video that you see here. they actually drained the pipe. the water going down into the c&o kacanal. once the pipe is completely free of water, they're going to begin the project sealing the joints along this pipe. the work is going to be done monday through friday from 9:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon. they're trying to avoid the major rush hour periods. it's going to take a while.
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not until september do they expect to be wrapped up with this. possible alternatives for people to get around the gw parkway and reservoir road might not be a bad idea. we're talking about right now the eastbound side of canal road. they'll leave one -- lose one lane. once this is done, though, work is going to begin down on "m" street in georgetown, a similar kind of thing. we're going to see tie-ups a little bit later -- or further down the line in georgetown in a few months time. not a great area to be traveling. joe, back to you. >> not at all. thanks very much, megan mcgrath reporting live. the fbi believes a child pornography ring could be involved in the murder of a north carolina teenager. felicia barnes. that according to a north carolina tv station. barnes disappeared while visiting family in baltimore last december. her body was found four months later near the dam on the susquehanna river. according to the report, investigators are seeking warrants to review the facebook
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and e-mail accounts of barnes and four baltimore men. an fbi agent told the station they have reason to believe those accounts may have evidence of child sex crimes or pornography. 6:38 is the time. 75 degrees. still to !o hing.
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this monday morning, starting off your commute back to work with no weather problems. we have temperatures in the low to mid-70s throughout most of the region. it's getting more humid, though. 76 at reagan national. there is the humid sky, the milky blue haze over arlington in the distance. live picture from the skywatcher camera. by 9:00, we'll be in the low 80s. near 90 by noontime. hazy sunshine into the afternoon. low to mid-90s for highs. cold orange for unhealthy air
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quality as air pollution builds. the night planner, a warm and muggy evening. upper 70s. big changes on the way the rest of the week. danella, how's traffic? good news in prince george's county. 450 east has been reopened at whitfield chapel road. that's going to help your commute immensely this morning. i am still seeing some delays, outer loop of the beltway in maryland, just as you pass 95 and make your way towards georgia avenue. new hampshire avenue, you are slow at 24 miles an hour. here is a live look right now traveling. it is definitely stop and go. you get a little speed and then you come to a stop. i want to take you down to virginia. this is at prince william parkway. traveling 95 north, your delays are from dale city, and it's stop and go to the beltway. 66 as well. major delays from 66 to the fairfax county parkway to the beltway. back to you, pat and joe. >> thanks very much, danella.
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the sex abuse trial against washington lineman albert haynesworth has been postponed until next month. the team's $100 million man was supposed to appear in court this morning, but his attorneys asked the trial be delayed until august 2nd to accommodate the schedules of some defense witnesses. haynesworth is charged with misdemeanor sex abuse after a waitress at the "w" hotel accused him of groping her back in february. his attorneys will be in court this morning to confirm the new date. today prince george's county police will hold a press conference to announce the police department has made an arrest in the murder of a convenience store clerk. back in april, 69-year-old richard chung sung nam was killed inside the "n" market grocery store on annapolis road in bladensburg. police say the killer then set the store on fire to try to
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cover up what might have been a robbery attempt. a new report says pepco tops the list of the most disliked companies in america. that's according to the american customer satisfaction index group. the utility company ranked dead last in customer satisfaction because of complaints about poor service, high prices, and privacy intrusions. pepco was followed by delta, time warner cable took the third spot, comcast took the fourth spot. comcast is the parent company of nbc universal, which owns nbc 4. and cable tv provider charter communications came in fifth. bank of america, jp morgan chase, american airlines, and u.s. airways also made the list. right now the duke and duchess of cambridge are just getting back to london after a two-week trip to north america. sunday's stops including an arts center for children in los angeles and a military veterans
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jobs fair. in all, the royal newly weds attended six major events in their two days in california. nasa is tracking space junk that could hit astronauts in space tornl. it appears the debris could orbit too closely to the shuttle "atlantis," which is docked at the international space station. nasa says it should have a better idea today whether they plan to dodge space debris. they're loading a year's worth of supplies on the iss today. nasa is considering extending the shuttle mission by a day. right now it's scheduled to return to earth on the 20th of july. apparently, new laws and new ads that you're seeing combatting distracted driving may be working. a study by the national highway traffic safety administration this morning shows a sharp decline in cell phone use and texting behind the wheel in two pilot programs. one study in hartford, connecticut, showed a 57% drop
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in handheld cell phone use. and a 72% drop in texting while driving. another study in syracuse, new york, showed stepped up enforcement in media campaigns to discourage distracted driving. gas prices aren't soaring again yet, but they are back on the rise. this morning the national average is $3.63 a gallon for regular. that's up about 7 cents from a week ago. d.c. has seen a little drop, down 2 cents. in maryland drivers are paying more than a week ago at $3.56 a gallon. west virginia is still the cheapest at $3.53 a gallon. the real estate firm clear capital says by year's end the average home price ins this area will climb more than 7% and regain one-third of the value
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lost since 2006. meanwhile, prices nationally are expected to drop more than 3% before 2012. clear capital named virginia beach the worst performing housing market in the country and blamed high unemployment there as a factor. other top performing markets in the report include new york, orlando, dallas, and san francisco. things in the housing market may be looking up, but the jobs market is expected to be sluggish for some time to come. nicole lapin, anchor of cnbc's worldwide exchange joins us this morning with more on that story. good morning, nicole. >> very good morning to you, pat. the job market could be sluggish, sad to say, for some time. a new study by the chamber of commerce found that 64% of small businesses don't plan to hire new workers over the next year. only 19% expect to add workers, and 12% actually plan to cut workers. more than half of them cite the uncertain economy as the main reason for holding back hiring. the survey, i should note, was
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done before friday's disappointing jobs report which only saw 18,000 jobs out of last month. small businesses employ about half of workers in the private sector. switching gears, it is free slurpee day at 7-eleven. to mark the chain's unofficial birthday. you can get 7.11 ounces of slurpee, no catches, no questions asked. the funny thing happened last year. despite giving away all these free drinks, slurpee sales actually jumped 38%. 7-eleven says people got a little bit of a taste, and they just wanted to buy more. there you go. >> guess that does make sense. thanks, nicole. >> you're welcome. it is going to be another scorcher out there today. >> the area's heat and stifling humidity have already earned the nation's capital a dubious honor. the weather channel ranked washington, d.c., the sixth hottest city in the country. and we are the hottest city in the northeast. a lot of folks were trying to
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stay cool, of course, out there over the weekend. emergency officials say they see a 25% increase in calls during heat waves like this. yuma, arizona, by the way, was ranked the country's hottest city. >> but it's a dry heat out there, right? >> makes a difference. it does make a difference. >> it does, yeah. >> hot has a double meaning, like as in you look hot today, or i feel hot. you're going to be feeling so hot you'll want some ice cream but probably be too lazy to eat it later today. it will be heating up into the mid-90s. we'll have our temperatures again exceeding perhaps mid-90s tomorrow. right now, though, it's pleasant, and it's in the low to mid-70s although it's getting a little more humid as each hour goes by. right now 76 at reagan national and near 70 in prince george's county. arlington county now, the low 70s. low 70s in fairfax county. near 70 in montgomery county. weather watchers reporting elsewhere, the rural areas of maryland and virginia, a few locations around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley, and into western maryland and west
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virginia are in the 60s. and around the eastern shore and on the bay, right at the waters, and the atlantic beaches in the 70s. away from the waters, it's around 70. look at the highs we'll have later this afternoon. much of the region will be well into the 90s. all of virginia, as well as maryland, and on the eastern shore out of the mountains, we'll have highs in the 80s. off to a hazy start this morning. there's the latest satellite image and the sky over northwest washington in the foreground. northeast on the left on the horizon. on the right, southeast washington. way off in the distance, prince george's county under this hazy sky. we'll have it near 90 by noontime. low to mid-90s midafternoon with a code orange for unhealthy air quality. overnight tonight, we'll be in the 80s, a muggy evening. by dawn tomorrow, the 70s. a hotter day tomorrow. in fact, we may exceed the record high tomorrow of 99 set way back in 1908. we'll have near 100 midafternoon and a small chance of an isolated storm late morning,
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greater chance maybe in the afternoon. then lower humidity moves in with cooler weather. wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday, and sunday, each day pleasant, great summer weather. highs in the 80s, not too humid. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. we are heavy on the breaks, outer loop of the beltway, as you make your way from 95 and head towards georgia avenue. also, 395, you're jammed heading 395 north from the beltway, as you make your way over the 14th street brindge. i'm going to give you a live look, 395 north of duke street, those lanes are packed. perfect day, grab two friends, and take the hov lane or grab a motorcycle. not really down with wind in my hair. however, this is a better option because your lanes are packed. also want to show you 66 from fairfax county parkway. you're slow from fairfax county parkway as you make your way to the beltway. back to you, joe. >> thanks very much, danella. germantown road, or 118 in montgomery county, is now open after a deadly pedestrian accident overnight. police say a 20-year-old man was
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trying to cross the roadway near aircraft drive when i was hit by a car. investigators say he was not in a crosswalk. he died at the hospital. police tell us the driver did stay at the scene. we are waiting to hear from d.c. water to learn more about a water main break in georgetown. take a look at the pictures of the gushing water. this is happening at key bridge and "m" street in georgetown. the break left a whole lot of standing water on the road. it's now cleaned up, we're told, and there are no traffic problems. we do have a traffic alert in georgetown. you could see traffic problems later on today for another reason. d.c. water crews will be closing the eastbound lane of canal road between macarthur and 35th street northwest. this lane closure will take place today through friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. through the heart of the day. d.c. water is doing some maintenance work on a 48-inch water main. the lane closure will continue
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through the first of september. going to be a rough august. to avoid delays, take the george washington parkway or reservoir road. our time now is 6:56. here are this morning's top stories. house and senate leaders will meet at the white house this morning to try to work out a budget deal over the nation's debt limit. the sides have ten days to agree to raise the ceiling. president obama will hold a press conference at 11:00. that is news 4 today. thank you for starting your monday with us. the "today"
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